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5-star Penn State target Antonio Alfano postpones commitment
Things seemed to be accelerating quickly for 5-star New Jersey defensive lineman Antonio Alfano during recent weeks. Perhaps, despite a commitment scheduled for television broadcast, he felt the need to press pause.
Alfano, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound Rahway (N.J.) High School junior, no longer intends to announce his decision Dec. 14. On Tuesday, he elected to push the process back, only four days after revealing plans to pick a university on CBS Sports Network.
“My commitment has been delayed until further notice,” Alfano wrote on Twitter.
Considered New Jersey’s premier prospect and a top-30 overall recruit in 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, Alfano received a Penn State scholarship offer prior to his senior season. He’s consistently reciprocated the Nittany Lions’ interest, attending multiple games in 2016 and returning to Beaver Stadium this September for a game.
— Antonio Alfano (@Antonioalfano99) October 27, 2017
During discussions with Land of 10, Alfano has always asserted Penn State would land on a trimmed list of college options after his junior campaign. This outlook came to fruition Thanksgiving weekend when he included the Nittany Lions in his top 12.
Alfano also named Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among programs under consideration. It’s worth pointing out Florida and Florida State are in the process of adapting to new staffs, while Tennessee is still searching for a coach.
This is a difficult time of the year for any prospect to make a commitment, as coaching moves change the complexion of recruiting departments across college football. If Alfano wasn’t comfortable with the timeline he set, then this was the right call.
If he had remained on track for a Dec. 14 decision, Penn State would’ve been a primary contender. This summer, I placed a prediction for an Alfano commitment to the Nittany Lions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball. Highly-reputable 247Sports analysts Sean Fitz and Steve Wiltfong did the same back in November 2016.
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Alfano now will settle in for what figures to be a prolonged recruiting process after another impressive season. He totaled 67 tackles — 9 for loss — and 5 sacks despite sitting out four games due to New Jersey transfer rules.
Penn State continues to carry a pair of commitments in its 2019 class: New Jersey quarterback Taquan Roberson and local State College cornerback Keaton Ellis.
With Alfano’s decision date now off the calendar, Nittany Lions fans can full turn their attention toward a Dec. 20 announcement from 5-star Harrisburg (Pa.) High School edge rusher Micah Parsons.
Jayson Oweh adds new offers, no longer plans to visit Notre Dame
It appears Penn State now faces one fewer competitor in the pursuit of defensive end Jayson Oweh, though recent offers create a new wrinkle in his recruitment. Less than five weeks away from announcing a commitment, he no longer plans to use an official visit at Notre Dame.
Oweh, a senior at Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) confirmed this development Tuesday afternoon. It remains to be seen whether he will replace the trip on his travel itinerary.
The Fighting Irish were expected to welcome Oweh this weekend, hosting his fourth official visit since September. He previously spent weekends at Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.
Notre Dame emerged as one of Oweh’s top three options entering the summer, along with Ohio State and Penn State. Those Big Ten teams elevated themselves after multiple campus visits, though the Fighting Irish remained a fringe contender.
Oweh knows he doesn’t have time to waste. The 6-5, 235-pound prospect didn’t play high school football until 2016, and his recruitment has been quite a whirlwind since Power 5 programs began to extend offers this spring.
Though Notre Dame may now be a non-factor, there have been some compelling developments with Oweh.
Michigan entered this chase in October and quickly lined up an official visit during the final weekend of November. Alabama offered last week, while new Nebraska coach Scott Frost identified him as a target and thrust his team into the picture Tuesday.
These mounting interests sustain a sensational recruiting climb, as Oweh has now collected nearly 30 offers this year. He validated the hype this season, securing 13 sacks in less than five full games.
Penn State has hosted Oweh five times, more than any other college football program. His choice will be revealed Jan. 4 during the Under Armour All-America Game.
— Jayson Oweh (@JaysonOweh) December 2, 2017
Nittany Lions legacy commit Isaiah Humphries ready to enroll
It’s the time of year for introspection among high school senior football players. Years of competing alongside familiar faces on behalf of their community have come to an end, whether in state title games, Thanksgiving showcases or regular-season finales.
Penn State commit Isaiah Humphries helped lead Sachse (Texas) High School to a 12-0 start in 2017 before suffering a loss in regional semifinals. The defeat concluded a tremendously productive career for the 5-11, 190-pound safety.
Humphries, voted Defensive Player of the Year in District 10-6A, established career-high totals this fall with 60 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 7 interceptions. He picked off 12 passes during the past two seasons.
The son of former Nittany Lions defensive back Leonard Humphries, he took a moment Tuesday to reflect on an impressive prep career, and where it will lead him.
“Honestly, four years ago, you couldn’t have told me that playing in front of 107,000 people, in the second-largest stadium in the world, would be my reality,” Humphries wrote on Twitter. “It’s been a wild ride Mustang Nation, but now my time is up. It’s time for me to become a Nittany Lion.”
He headlined the post with: Next Chapter..Starting January 5th
That’s the day early enrollees, including Humphries, arrive in Happy Valley. He will be joined on campus next semester by fellow 2018 commits Zack Kuntz (tight end) and Jesse Luketa (linebacker).
No place like State College! pic.twitter.com/5FEwogWMws
— Isaiah Humphries (@TheHumphries23) July 15, 2017
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